How we make a difference

We aim to increase food insecurity screening and referral programs among healthcare providers in Smith County.

We offer healthcare providers and clinics with training and technical assistance so they can implement Hunger Vital Sign food insecurity screenings into their processes. We will also expand the Partners in Health Program, a food bank healthcare partnership providing nutrition education and healthy food for food insecure families.

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We host community-wide events for each of our five workgroups. Below are the HEALTHCARE events. You can find all SCFSC events here.

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Join us for an update on expansion plans for Partners in Health and to discuss how healthcare organizations can address food insecurity.

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Join our Healthcare workgroup to discuss new ways that healthcare organizations are addressing food insecurity.

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Join us for our monthly Healthcare Workgroup where we will discuss food insecurity screenings in healthcare settings and expansion of the ETFB/healthcare partnership, Partners in Health.

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What's new

Want to know what we've been up to with our HEALTHCARE workgroup? Check out the short updates below to get inspired and take action.

Smith County Food Security Council Founder and Chair Dr. Valerie Smith was honored with the Northeast Texas Public Health District's 2019 W.T. Doc Ballard Award for Excellence in Public Health.

The East Texas Food Bank (ETFB) announces the launch of their new Partners in Health Program. The Partners in Health Program developed in collaboration with St. Paul Children?s Medical Clinic and UT Health Northeast addresses food insecurity, a major ...

Despite increasing the medication and insulin of a patient with diabetes, Dr. Michele Bosworth found the man’s condition was only getting worse. The patient suffered multiple heart attacks. Soon, both doctor and patient were growing weary of what could be done to improve his condition. “One day he said to me, ‘Well, Dr. Bosworth, I can only eat what I get from the food bank,” said Bosworth, a family physician and patient safety officer at UT Health North Campus Tyler. “And I thought, wow, it didn’t really matter what I was prescribing to him. He only had the resources available to him that he could get from the food bank.”

UT Health East Texas' North Tyler Pediatric Clinic recently joined the Partners in Health team helping their patients address food insecurity and improve their health.

Meet the HEALTHCARE Team...

...working together to end hunger in Smith County

Kinsey Jeffers, RD

Leadership Team Member

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Co-Chair, Healthcare

Kinsey was born and raised in Longview, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in nutrition. She completed her dietetic internship program through Abilene Christian University at City Square in Dallas, Texas. Kinsey currently works as the nutrition education manager at the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler, Texas, overseeing their SNAP-Ed program.

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Valerie Smith, MD FAAP

Leadership Team Member

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Co-Chair, Healthcare

Dr. Smith is a pediatrician at St. Paul Children’s Foundation in Tyler, Texas where she leads the Community-Centered Health Home Initiative. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed her residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Smith chairs the Smith County Food Security Council and serves on the Fit City Tyler Steering committee and the board of the East Texas Food Bank. She is co-chair of the Texas Pediatric Society Foster Care Committee and serves on the TPS Executive Legislative Committee and Board of Directors.

In addition, she serves as a consultant for Superior Healthcare on their Foster Care Centers of Excellence program. She is active in pediatric health advocacy and regularly testifies for the Texas legislature and authors editorials for the Dallas Morning News. She is the recipient of the 2019 W.T. “Doc” Ballard Award for Excellence in Public Health, the TPS Executive Board Award and the AAP Chapter Excellence Award.

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